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Farm Manager - Turkey Breeder Production

 Frank Robinson

Turkey Breeder Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes Turkey Breeder Farms or Turkey Hatcheries that produce a supply of hatching eggs and turkey poults (day-old turkeys) to meet the needs of turkey farms.

  • In Canada, there are eight commercial Turkey Breeder Farms / Tukey Hatcheries that supply turkey poults to over five hundred turkey farms that operate under supply management. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian turkey products.

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Turkey Breeder Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

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  • Turkey Farm Manager
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Turkey Breeder Farm Managers manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Supervise implementation of the strategic plan
  • Supervise employees 
  • Supervise risk management 
  • Build customer relations 
  • Supervise health and safety 
  • Supervise food safety and security 
  • Supervise production 
  • Monitor compliance with legislation, regulations and standards 
  • Supervise operations 
  • Supervise environmental sustainability 
  • Supervise biosecurity 
  • Supervise flock health and welfare 
  • Supervise preparation of poult barn 
  • Supervise placement of poults 
  • Supervise juvenile bird duties 
  • Supervise bird transport to turkey breeder barn 
  • Supervise preparation of turkey breeder barn 
  • Supervise adult breeder duties 
  • Supervise preparation for end-of-lay transport 
  • Supervise post-production activities 
  • Evaluate production data 
  • Supervise facilities, equipment and supplies 

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Turkey Breeder Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Results Management
  • Business Perspective
  • Fostering Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$39,500/yr

$74,800/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.